you know, i read this whole damn series for Rose and Connor but i ended up still
reading it for Daisy and Ryke. i didn't even know they existed before i started this series but now this book was my most anticipated read for the series because i mean-
the age gap?
sunshine/grumpy asshole trope??
two characters FINALLY being together after impatiently watching them be a couple even though they're not a couple for 4 books??
and does anyone else see the resemblance between AelinRowan
and DaisyRyke dynamic?? because i do.
↳Exhibit A: Daisy/Aelin both flirt with Rowan/Ryke just to annoy the shit out of them even though they shouldn't flirt with them because it's ~forbidden~
↳Exhibit B: Daisy/Aelin are both crazy (respectfully) and Ryke/Rowan both have sticks up their asses and just lets their women do whatever the f they want while smiling proudly at them.
see?? do y'all see the resemblance? no, just me? ok moving on.
i have been waiting- WAITING for this book since i read Ricochet
because, well, i have a weakness for the whole sunshine, happy-go-lucky heroine and broody asshole Hero trope. plus i'm a little biased because Ryke and Daisy became my favorites but did i like this tho? ehhh.. mostly
, about 75% of it??
↳so this is Ryke (H) and Daisy's (h) story (a year or so after Kiss the Sky). these two have been circling each other for YEARS but they can't do anything because of the 7-year age gap and Daisy was only 15 when they first met. 3 years later, Ryke is still a bit hesitant because of Lo (his brother) being overprotective when it comes to Daisy, and of course her
problematic mother. but then they realized that they just wanna be together and they were like ehh fuck it. consequences be damned.
again, this story is more character driven so there's no "plot" BUT this does have the whole road trip storyline for the most part.
WHAT I LIKED
➵ Connor & Ryke bromance
y'all know i love the whole enemies to lovers trope right? well these two do it PERFECTLY. they hated each other back then (don't really know why) and now Connor is all like,
"... Your brother's existence caused your parent's divorce, and yet, you gave up most of your time and energy to help him through his sobriety. How can you possibly think you're a pain in their life? What you've done for them, it's nothing short of heroic, and if you can't see that, then you're blind my friend."
oooooohhhh my god. he said "my friend"
awww. these two are so cute. i love the development of their friendship because you can just see their respect for each other grow throughout the whole book. and honestly... i liked reading their bromance more than the main
romance of this book (because of my pre-existing salty mood of course but we'll talk about that later).
➵ road trip timeeee
anything that has a storyline where road trip is a big thing, well, i fucking love that. i don't know, i guess it just reminds me of The Lightning Thief
and that book was my childhood so im pretty sure i associate road trips to that book hence why i love this trope... but ANYWAYS. my favorite part in this road trip is the bromance
and can we talk about the bonding time this group had when the girls swam in a lake full of leeches? *sigh* good times.
➵ Lo & Ryke
Lo has always been a little shit to Ryke and giving him a hard time. i can understand why and i really don't blame him for it because he went through a lot and this dude has a lot of trust issues. but when Lo protected Ryke at the end and almost beat the cops up for him??
it was so beautiful
. i just love the friendship/sibling developments in this series its so cute.
➵ romance (for the most part)
ignoring the first part of Ryke and Daisy's romance, i thought some scenes were cute. like when Ryke ran 5 km from the riot to the hospital with an unconscious Daisy in his arms, Ryke + Daisy = sunroof (y'all know what im talking about ??), cornstalk scene where he lifted Daisy up on his shoulders and... ya know.. also how the f did he do that?? HOW?? can someone please
im really tryna figure it out because this man really do be defying the laws of gravity.
also, i really like how Ryke knew that Daisy felt like a third wheel when it comes to her sisters and tries everything to make her feel included and treats her like an actual adult unlike others *cough* Lo *cough*. and i do appreciate how he just lets her be and goes with her wild af antics, being all proud and shiii. it's cute.
WHAT I DISLIKED (spoilers!! sorry i'm ranting again)
umm so remember when i said "...with this OW shit still fresh in my mind... obviously imma go in that book a little salty"
in my other review
? so yeahh that definitely happened and i was still salty.
but then i found out that Ryke and Daisy have been really
close for 4 months, so close that they both did NOT date other people
(yes, these two dated OP throughout the 3 years they've known each other). and when i discovered this i was like FUUUUCK YESSS!!! after the OW shit i went through in Addicted for Now
and now it seems like i ain't going through that again? yesss
. and it was going great for a while but then...
... Ryke said they should date other people while Daisy is in Paris for a month.
heartbroken and she listens to him then hooked up with this random model.
... but then Daisy kicked the guy out because she wasn't into it, searched up porn because she couldn't sleep and accidentally stumbled upon Rose and Connors sex video (thx for this by the way because now i know Connor and Ryke have the same d size), and then answers Ryke's skype call but it's actually not Ryke calling her, it's his hookup accidentally calling Daisy because her hand is hitting the keyboard while Ryke is going down on the OW while Daisy sees all of this.
“Yes, yes, right there! God, yes. Holy…!” Even in the darkened room, I can distinguish limbs. The girl’s tanned legs are split apart by the edge of the bed, her back curved upward. She clenches Ryke’s hair, his head between her thighs as he kneels on the ground, his body hidden by the bed frame.
y'all. this shit came out of nowhere and my mood went from 100 to 0 real fast.
and this didn't end quickly because when Ryke found out Daisy saw, he called her, they talked while he let the OW shower in his bathroom but apparently this OW needed soap so he goes to Daisy's place (yes, they're neighbors too) and he just lets the OW come inside Daisy's place and even takes a shower in her bathroom all the while not asking Daisy if all of this is okay while she's on the freaking phone with him. who tf does that?? i wouldn't want the woman who i just witnessed be pleasured by the guy im in love with just a few minutes ago use my damn soap!
and what's worse is that the next time they see each other, they GET TOGETHER
. when he finally kissed her all i can think about was BUT WHERE THAT MOUTH BEEN 2 DAYS BEFORE THO HUUUHHH???
i don't know... i just wish Daisy was like no thanks i saw you going down on another woman bye bish i need time
?✋? but nooope. they got together very fast and it had to take them being with other people to realize they just want each other
. i know some don't mind this but this had enough power to ruin my mood for the whole damn book that i had to take a 3-day break from reading because that's how pissed i was.
it wasn't satisfying when they finally got together because of this shit like at least add more grovelling scenes or more push and pull between them where it's Daisy's turn to reject him i don't know. i just wasn't satisfied because i've been waiting for these two to get together and then this shit happens and then they get together right away? no thanks.
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also, why do all the bad guys get away in this series? first, it was the news media bashing Lily, Scott for the sex tapes, the dude who broke in Daisy's room and took pictures of her, the fucking designer who stripped Daisy naked in front of everyone the two "friends" Daisy had in highschool who tormented her and made her do things she didn't want to do, and Daisy's mother... please tell me all these bad people get what they deserve in the upcoming books.
and!! i just looked at the wikipedia page for this series because im that type of person and whoever they fancasted as Ryke.. oh my god- ok damn
. he's cute or whatevaaa. also i don't know who they fancast as Daisy but i picture her as Kennedy Walsh i don't know whyy.
anyways, this has tropes i don't like with characters i love... so yeah, i didn't know how to rate this because of the stupid drama in the beginning but i still liked this tho. mainly because of the bromance between Lo, Ryke and Connor, and all the other stuff that's going on. despite all of the drama that annoyed me, if i had to choose, Ryke and Daisy are still my favorites for sure.
Calloway Sisters series
#1: kiss the sky
↠ 4 stars#2: hothouse flower
↠ 3.5 stars#3: fuel the fire
↠ tbr#4: long way down
↠ tbr#5: some kind of perfect